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Hopdraeck | Brouwerij De Troch

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Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 06-09-2012

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Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber orange with a short lived bubbly white head.

Nose is very assertive cooked bananas and cooked stone fruit - my name for those very assertive "canuba wax smell" esters.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, mouthfilling and quite nice with very "buzzy - bee sting" carbonation.

Flavor profile is a front palate of light malt and peachy/apricot fruit, that goes to a grapfruit skin/to pine bitter but all with a brightness to it. There is a bit of green grass/vegetal quality but not offensive.

Finish is pine bitter and long lasting.

Biggest issue for me is the assertive "stinging" carbonation; I've not see this before and I don't like it. Otherwise, decent effort.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

incredibly easy drinking belgian ipa at this strength. the label says dry hopped with citra, but that seems faded to me now, no date known here on my bottle. only a touch of yeast haze to this, and a tall white unrelenting head. it smells a little stale to me, again, date, but the hops are there almost piquant in the aroma, with a mild malt sweetness underneath and a drinkability not common in a beer pushing 8% abv. the flavor shows more balance than hop dominance, which doesnt really fit the style, and the yeast is really reserved, only moderately belgian as i know it, with the fruitiness and esters and all of that, this is way more subtle. havent had many beers, or any really, from these guys, and am somewhat impressed with this one. its well made and really drinkable, which i love in hoppy beer, but it hangs back a little, maybe shy for what it is, like a jock without any confidence, lingering at the homecoming dance, waiting to be asked while every girl waits for his advance. a contradiction and a paradox, but one i am happy to leave unresolved at the bottom of my teku glass...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruit, spice and everything nice. That's how Belgian beers are supposed to act. But what about those American "Citra" hops and about that hoppy influence. Maybe Belgium doesn't play nice anymore? And maybe I'm ok with that!

Hopdraeck pours with deep honey-amber goldish hue. Its yeasty haze keeps it darker and diffused as its head billows above. Stark-white in its foam stature, a slow fade to withstanding sheet covers the surface as broken lace decorates the glass. The beer simply looks its Belgianesque and hoppy part.

Aromatically, the beer does a lot! With the expected fruit/spice dialogue firmly in place, apples, lemons, oranges and pears bounce off of white pepper, clove and vinous white wine. But what wasn't expected is the blackcurrant scent that then turns to a leafy ribes note, then to tomato juice. But with the backing of dry malt, its pilsner breadiness intorduces a yeast component heading into taste.

Sweet with confectioner's sugar, cookie dough and biscotti- the beer opens sweet and with a whimsically dry taste. But the middle palate introduces the fruity-tart notes of pez-like grape, orange, and an almost-bubblegumy Juicy Fruit note. Just shy of banana, its light tropical fruit flavor is lightly of pineapple and apricot. But its spiciness is mostly of dry white wines, cider and a pep of soft white pepper. Even as its earthy and sulfury taste is distracting with a tomato paste character, the fruit, spice and malts still reign supreme.

Its mid-light palate is zesty with the classic Belgian effervescence that just bounces off the tongue with ease. As its fruit and spice balance appetizes the taste buds, its carbonation won't allow it. All that carbonation ushers in a quick finish that forces most of the complexity to be experienced from that finish. Its dry malt and alcohol warmth leads to a semi-dry closure with floral echoes.

I rather enjoy the beer and think its a classic Belgian Pale Ale with hoppy influence. But its persistent tomato and fruity/leafy character is quite a distraction.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy auburn color with half an inch of foam on top; a few strands of lace linger

Smell: Bready, with traces of banana, confectioner's sugar, green apple and pear

Taste: Bready, up front, with green apple and pear tones; the sugary banana arrives in the mid-palate, with the hops adding a slightly bitter and woodsy character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle has some age, so the Citra character has well dissipated by now; would be interesting to try a fresh example, but that is the risk with imported beer

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed at De Proef for De Troch."World famous Draeckenierale,dry hopped with Citra" per label.I have never seen or heard of this beer until yesterday.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed deep orange infused golden with a large rocky white head that settled slowly leaving a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Floral and overipe tropical fruit stands out in the nose,crushed pilsner malt is a nice addition with the phenols somewhat subdued.Herbal and tropical fruit flavors with light yeasty phenols underneath to go with a lightly bready pilsner malt flavor.This beer has real depth and character,it's not in your face hops but it's go more than enough to go around,great beer.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my #800.... could have picked anything I wanted, but i chose this one.
yellow, ultra-light creamy head. smell of light fruiti-ness and spice...
Belgian candi sugar to a small degree, some syrupi-ness and hop bitterness.... palate still recovering from the Macallan 15 Fine Oak I just tried.... typically Belgium, but with some extra hop punch! very sweet, very nice!

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of timmy2b
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 11.2oz “steinie” pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single glass. No bottling date visible, but seeing as this was dry-hopped with Citra, I’m hoping this was a relatively recent creation.

Appearance (4.0): Three to four fingers of very tight, cream-colored head rises quickly here, slowly bubbling down to leave just a few streaks and suds here and there. The body is a very rich, warm, bronze-golden color, with just the slightest haze (didn’t pour in all of the sediment). Fits the style well, wish there was some more lacing but other than that it’s a solid-looking beer.

Smell (3.5): Pretty decent Belgian Pale characteristics: fruity, biscuity, some lemon / lime citrusy zing underneath, and there’s some apple juice mixed in. I suspect the Citra’s largely died off here, but those citrusy notes give some evidence of it.

Taste (4.0): Mildly spicy with a very nice, tart citrus character upfront, the beer leads off with with a touch of white pepper and some coriander and clove, and some slightly medicinal phenols contribute to the yeasty middle of the beer. But not in a bad way at all, they kind of bridge the space between yeast and hop character. And then there’s that moderately strong, very tart citrusy component again, like they threw some lime peel in the fermenter; it leaves the beer to finish bitter in a way that’s not just generically “bitter,” but zingy and tart. The malt component is bready, biscuity, and savory—not particularly sweet at all, but rich enough to complement the yeast and hops well. No alcohol present. This is pretty damn tasty, really.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This feels fantastic, in my opinion. The carbonation is light and filling, tingling all over and foaming very, very well as it goes down. Just about exactly medium-bodied. It finishes very dry but not so much that it comes off chalky or starchy, and that citrusy zing is such a nice finish.

Overall (4.0): This beer is really pretty good, not excellent but really damn good to me. This is one of those easy-drinking Belgians that’s not aggressively spicy or rich or overly complex, but has plenty going on in its own right. I could easily, and happily, drink several of these. I’d really love to try it when it’s fresh as hell though, to get the most of that Citra dry-hopping. Very happy to have tried this one.

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Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Color: yellow, light orange, cloudy. White head.
Aroma: citrus.
Taste: malty, strengthened by hints of honey and citrus.
Gentian: unfortunately light, grapefruit.

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Photo of cjs61679
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopdraeck! This is now my favorite Belgian IPA, and what do you know? It's from Belgium! Wait, wait, what's a Belgian IPA? This isn't, I, never mind.

Beauty of a pour. Swirling little cyclone of carbonation heading up from bottom for at least 30 seconds.

Smells more like a moderate American IPA in a quick whiff, but definitely has a champagne-like, Belgian-yeasty, concord-grape, musty character in the nose. Lightly funky fruity esters are telling me they will be heard in the taste.

And they are. What a lovely, lively, not-too-bitter/not-too-cloying, Belgian IPA. More like some kind of Belgian-American Pale. I love this beer. No tell of the abv. The malt is great bready-toasty. Very subtle concord grape/champagne flavors, vine fruit esters, musty, effervescent, clean. Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of cocojoe
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly clear golden copper color. Finger of very white head.

S: Belgian yeast aroma is strong with this one, but those citra hops CLEARLY come through in the aroma. The belgian yeast and dry hopped aroma really pair well together. Crisp, sweet, lemon, zesty,

T: Highly bright, crisp, carbonated front. Very clean, light, light sweetness.

M: Light, clean body.

O: Light, Zesty, bright, belgian yeast aroma pairs deliciously well with the citra dry hopped aroma. Well enjoyed.

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Hopdraeck from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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